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Miss Empire, Butterfly Soul Among Six Fillies Entered In $100,000 Pike Place Dancer Stakes
Stakes-winners Miss Empire and Butterfly Soul head a field of six 2-year-old fillies entered in Saturday’s $100,000 Pike Place Dancer Stakes at Golden Gate Fields.
The Pike Place Dancer is a one-mile turf test and the race will mark the turf debut of every entrant but Somethingabouther, who is coming off a third-place finish in the Surfer Girl Stakes on the grass at Santa Anita.
Miss Empire, based in Southern California and trained by Peter Miller, figures to be a very heavy favorite in the Pike Place Dancer. A daughter of Empire Maker, Miss Empire broke her maiden in the Cinderella Stakes at Hollywood Park in June and then went on to place third in three other stakes – the Landaluce at Hollywood, the Grade 2 Best Pal at Del Mar, and the Grade 1 Chandelier at Santa Anita.
Miss Empire chased home California’s top juvenile filly, Executiveprivilege, in the Landaluce and Chandelier and faced male rivals in the Best Pal, a race in which she was only beaten 1 3/4 lengths by winner Know More.
Miss Empire has earned $147,120 in six starts and the bankroll tops the combined earnings of her five rivals in the Pike Place Dancer. Miss Empire will break from post position one Saturday and be ridden by Hall of Famer Russell Baze.
Butterfly Soul is the local hope in the Pike Place Dancer as she is stabled at Golden Gate Fields and trained by Genaro Vallejo. Butterfly Soul made a successful road trip to Fairplex Park in Pomona last month, winning the Phil D. Shepherd Stakes by three lengths.
Butterfly Soul also ran in the Chandelier Stakes but didn’t finish anywhere near Miss Empire. After breaking a bit awkwardly, Butterfly Soul never got on track and finished last in the field of eight. Dennis Carr rides Butterfly Soul Saturday.
Somethingabouther broke her maiden on grass and has finished in the money in two turf stakes, running second in the Tippett at Colonial Downs and third in the Surfer Girl.
Trained by James Cassiday, Somethingabouther will be ridden by Julien Couton.
The field for the Pike Place Dancer, in post position order, is as follows: Miss Empire, Baze rides at 120 pounds; Peppery, Catalino Martinez, 117; Somethingabouther, Couton, 120; Butterfly Soul, Carr, 120; Hot And Pleasing, Alejandro Gomez, 117; and Jesse’s Giacomo, Saul Arias, 120.
The Pike Place Dancer is the fourth race on a nine-race program that gets started at 12:45 p.m. Post time for the feature is 2:15 p.m.
Golden Gate Fields begins its racing week with a seven-race card Thursday. Post time is 12:45 p.m.
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